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Law Review. Following graduation, he practiced in New York City with  complicated laws on the books when he first started teaching.
            the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.  With all his expertise, he was asked, did he do his own taxes?  “I do it the
            As he neared retirement, Shepard described teaching tax law as   old fashioned way,” he said with a smile. “I hire a CPA.”
            something of a moving target as Congress enacts an “appalling”   Shepard is survived by his wife, Rosemary, his son, Mark, and daughter,
            number of changes, special rules, and exemptions. “It’s incredibly   Hannah.
            more complicated,” he said of tax laws than compared to the already


                  STEPHEN T. ZAMORA
                  June 26, 1944 – July 8, 2016
                  University of Houston Law Center Professor Emeritus Stephen  “Steve was the consummate gentleman,” Bradley J. Richards, a partner
                  Zamora, an authority on International and Mexican law, died   in the firm of Haynes and Boone where Zamora served as of counsel
                  July 8 in Mexico City at the age of 72.          for more than 15 years, wrote in a message to the firm. “He was kind,
                  Zamora joined the Law Center faculty in 1978, and served as   thoughtful, and even-tempered.  He was a great professor.  He was
                  the Law Center's dean from 1995 to 2000. He founded and   always prepared, shared his knowledge with enthusiasm, listened to his
                  continued to direct the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at   students and offered them a helping hand whenever he could.
            the law school, served as director of the North American Consortium   “He was a great scholar.  He co-wrote (with a Mexican professor) the
            on Legal Education, and as an adviser to the Houston Journal of   single best book in English on the Mexican legal system, published
            International Law. He retired in November 2014 from the classroom   broadly, and founded the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law at the
            where he taught courses on International Business Transactions,   UH.  He was a great lawyer.  He advised on international law issues
            International Trade, NAFTA and others.                 (particularly involving cross-border arbitrations) and was sought as an
            Law Center colleagues, stunned by his passing, remarked about   expert on NAFTA and Mexican law, and he was diligent in every project
            Zamora’s intelligence, determination to build relations between the U.S.   undertaken by him. He was a great friend to this law firm, the Houston
            and Mexico, and kindness to all.                       and Mexican legal communities and to me personally.”
            “Steve Zamora was an incredibly accomplished member of the Law   Zamora earned a B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1966 and a
            Center faculty,” said Dean Leonard M. Baynes. “He was best known for   law degree from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in
            his in-depth analysis of international economic issues, especially as they   1972, where he graduated first in his class and served as chief articles
            related to the U.S., Mexico, and the whole North American continent.  editor of the California Law Review.
            “His tenure as dean was notable for two reasons: First, he was the   Prior to joining the Law Center faculty, he practiced international law
            University of Houston and the Law Center's first dean of Hispanic   in Washington, D.C., first as an associate in the law firm of Clearly,
            origin; and second, at the same time, his wife, Lois, was dean at the   Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton, and then as an attorney with The World
            University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, making them   Bank. He had been a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico, and a visiting
            quite unique in academia.                              professor at Yale Law School and Fordham Law School. An expert on
                                                                   NAFTA, in 1996, Zamora served as a member of a dispute resolution
            “After his retirement,” Baynes noted, “he continued to lead the Center   panel that decided the first government-to-government dispute under
            for U.S. and Mexican Law, which is the premier institute in the country   NAFTA (U.S. v. Canada -- Dairy, Poultry and Eggs from the United
            studying these issues. Steve possessed a dogged determination to   States).
            advocate for stronger economic and legal relations between the U.S. and
            Mexico and better understanding between the lawyers of both nations.   Zamora was a member of the American Law Institute, the American
            His unique voice brought clarity and understanding to these issues. He   Society of International Law, and of the American Society of
            will be sorely missed.”                                Comparative Law. In 2006, he received the highest distinction awarded
                                                                   by the Mexican government to a foreign national, the Order of the
            “I am in disbelief and profoundly sad,” said Professor Sandra Guerra   Aztec Eagle, in recognition of his work in promoting U.S. - Mexican
            Thompson. “He was such a dear friend, colleague, and dean.  He didn’t   understanding. He was the lead author of the book Mexican Law,
            even know how to be unkind.”                           published in 2004 by Oxford University Press, and has authored
            “I am in shock at the loss of a good friend who was critical in building   numerous articles and book chapters on international economic
            our international law program,” said Professor Jordan Paust.  law, international banking law, international trade law (NAFTA),
            “When somebody is so essentially decent, whatever you (say) can sound   international monetary law, and Mexican law. His areas of expertise
                                                                   included contracts, international trade law, conflicts of law, Mexican
            trite,” said Professor Peter Linzer. “But decency isn't trite. Add Steve's   Law, and NAFTA.
            piercing intelligence and culture and his devotion to his family and you
            have quite a man. Un hombre.”                          He is survived by his widow, Dr. Lois Zamora, a UH English professor,
                                                                   a son, Peter Zamora, and daughter, Camille Zamora.








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